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Dark Was the Night

When was the last time you were really excited for an album to drop? With instant access to digital downloads (legally or otherwise), it seems like anticipation isn't associated with music like it used to be. In a welcomed return to that familiar feeling, I've been getting really excited for an album release coming up.

February 16th will be the release of the charity compilation Dark Was the Night.

There will 31 exclusive tracks, many of them ridiculous collaborative works as is the label's style. Here is a sampling of the artists and combos:

Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
Feist + Ben Gibbard
Bon Iver
My Brightest Diamond
Antony + Bryce Dessner
Iron and Wine
Sufjan Stevens
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues

Hells bells! That's just a smattering. Check the full track and artist list here.

The Red Hot organization (the leading international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture), have been releasing awesome compilations for decades to support their charity. They are responsible for the Stolen Moments record from the early 90s (which is one of the more influential albums on my own life.) This next one looking like a mother-father.

Above is a handy widget that let's you hear three choice tracks from the upcoming release. Check them out and then go buy the album next week. It's for a good cause and looks like a sick record in it's own right.

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